Meeting Our Goals

Addressing the need for housing for people with developmental disabilities is a priority and there is consensus among regional centers, parents, people with developmental disabilities and community members that we need to build a better future for people with developmental disabilities.  A future where housing is accessible and affordable. A future where communities are diverse and people with developmental disabilities live, work, and play in their community along with everyone.  So what are our goals?

The goals that need to be met include:

Housing Development — increasing the stock of affordable housing through set-asides, scattered site acquisition, new construction, and pooled trusts.

Housing Services — educating, informing, advocating and assisting people in locating and maintaining housing. This type of housing service is special and unique to housing organizations.  This specific housing service is not a duplication of supported living services (SLS) or independent living services.  While SLS agencies are required to provide assistance with selecting and moving into a home, SLS agencies are not housing experts.  They may not know all the housing resources available in the community and may not know the fair housing regulations that may be required to access reasonable accommodations and modifications.  Housing organizations can serve as a resource for agencies that are struggling to find and maintain housing for their clients as well as parents with children with disabilities and others that do not have SLS services.

Property Management Services — related to the repairs, maintenance and upkeep of properties owned by nonprofit housing organizations. Overseeing safety, maintenance and management of the premises can be managed by NPOs.

Funding Solutions — innovating financing strategies and funding programs. Effecting change in the funding agreements for operations between regional development centers and housing NPOs to emphasize outcomes rather than services to specific clients to create a more accountable system.innovating financing strategies and funding programs. Effecting change in the funding agreements for operations between regional development centers and housing NPOs to emphasize outcomes rather than services to specific clients to create a more accountable system.

Enabling Choice — building a future where people with developmental disabilities have access to affordable housing of their choice, in the community of their choice, with roommates of their choice, and service provider of their choice.